Theory of the Image: Capitalism, Contemporary Film, and Women
"Just about everything in this book is fresh and exciting." —Carol Siegel
Ann Kibbey’s Theory of the Image is based on a concept of the image as a dynamic relation rather than a thing. In three essays Kibbey contends that the image itself is an ideological construct. "The Capitalist Theory of the Image" argues that capitalism enforces social identity and fetishism through religious iconoclastic beliefs about the commodity as image. "Liberating a Woman from Her Image" creates a new feminist approach to women in film, breaking the symbiosis of woman and image at the heart of previous theory. "Relief from the Production of Certainties" challenges conservative and racist agendas informing the assumption that a photograph records an image. The book draws on extensive personal interviews and also provides detailed explications of important films in recent transnational cinema to demonstrate new theories of the image for a global society.
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They became "living images" (1376). Calvin did not deny that they could also be
understood as symbolic representations, but this was not important to his
sacramental theory of the real spiritual presence. It was the metonymic
significance, not ...
Barthes treated photographic images as if they were objects of the sacrament,
empty tokens filled with spiritual significance. In doing so, Barthes emptied the
photograph of all its attributes as an artistic image, reducing it to a transparent ...
camera values Mariyam's movement and gives it more significance in relation to
the camera.33 Within the frame, because Mariyam is photographed in motion, the
angle of the shot vis-a-vis Mariyam is always changing, in effect a succession of ...
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The Capitalist Theory of the Image
Congruence with the Capitalist Economy
Critique of Barthes
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